News for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Salem soccer coach pleased with final year

CONYERS - Over the past few years, the Salem boys soccer team has established itself as one of the premier soccer programs in Class AAAA.

Uniforms for Sharp students a possibility

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System and Sharp Learning Center are looking into requiring students at the alternative school to wear uniforms.

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Darrell Huckaby - Watermelons just got a whole lot more exciting

The Baptists out there might need to read this with one eye closed; but I want you Methodists to promise to read the whole thing before you put the paper down and head to the store. It hurts my feelings when folks don't finish my column.

Gun shots rang out over Fourth

COVINGTON - Fireworks weren't the only thing going boom over the Fourth of July holiday. The Newton County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of several incidents where guns were fired.

Perry faces criticism for choice Golfer skipping British Open

Kenny Perry never imagined facing so much criticism over where to play golf.

Jack Neely, 213 to be paved for new traffic

COVINGTON - County commissioners have approved a $1.13 million contract to repave Jack Neely Road and County Road 213.

Darrell Huckaby - Go ask your doctor if watermelons are right for you

The Baptists out there might need to read this with one eye closed; but I want you Methodists to promise to read the whole thing before you put the paper down and head to the store. It hurts my feelings when folks don't finish my column.

Decisions, decisions

James E. Adams appears to be pondering his choices as he takes advantage of advance voting for the July 15 general primary on Tuesday. Adams said he always votes early because he doesn't like to stand in the long line on election day. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 569 ballots had been cast - 204 Democratic ballots and 365 Republican ballots - according to the Board of Elections. A staff member there predicted turnout will continue to increase each day of advance voting, with Thursday and Friday being the busiest days. All registered voters can cast their ballots this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Board of Elections office in the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St. Early voting will not take place Monday, the day before the primary.

Bill Shipp - Ready, fire, aim!

Editor's Note: Bill Shipp's column will be on indefinite hold following the death of his wife, Reny, on Monday evening.

Council hears final presentation for gym restoration

PORTERDALE - City Council members heard a presentation from architect Jack Pyburn of Lord Aek Sargent Architecture in Atlanta at the July 1 work session, the third and final presentation from firms seeking to be selected for the Porter Memorial Gymnasium restoration project.

One month to go By Stephen Wade make good on its Olympic promises

BEIJING - With one month to go before the Olympics open on Aug. 8, China's work is hardly complete.

City electric bills to increase

COVINGTON - City of Covington electric customers can expect to see an increase in their bills soon.

2 charged in storage facility burglary

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department has arrested two men in connection with a recent burglary of a unit at Spiller's Storage on Washington Street, according to Detective D.J. Seals.

Porterdale mulls possible city hall purchase

PORTERDALE - Cramped quarters could become a thing of the past at City Hall. Following a suggestion at the Porterdale City Council work session July 1 by Mayor Bobby Hamby, the council agreed to consider the purchase of a modular building that would temporarily replace the City Hall building.

Truex fined 150 points for new car Chevrolet failed inspection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Martin Truex's bid to make the Chase for the championship took a severe hit Tuesday when NASCAR penalized his Dale Earnhardt Inc. team 150 points for bringing an illegal car to Daytona.

Spain basks in Wimbledon, soccer titles

MADRID, Spain - In just seven days - from the soccer field in Austria to the lawn at Wimbledon - Spanish sports transformed itself into pure gold.

A winning team

The U.S. Marshals Service's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force rode into town recently, conducting its Operation Falcon (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally). The initiative targets people wanted for violent crimes, including sex offenses and narcotics violations. Statewide, 1,250 warrants were served and arrests made. During the five-day sweep, 102 warrants were served by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, making it the agency with the largest number of arrests in the state. Certificates were awarded by the Marshals Service to NCSO personnel and others participating in the intensive operation. They are (front, from left) Lt. Ezell Brown, Deputy David Gilbert, Officer Jeff Bruno (Covington Police Department), Deputy Kadeem Myrie, Cpl. Kimberly Cox, Deputy Darlene Sims, Deputy Jacqueline Baker, Deputy James Perry, Deputy Luis Contreas and Deputy Selena Williams. In second row are Commander Keith Booker (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Marshal Alex Camacho (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Bryant Jones, Deputy Trina Whitley, Deputy Lee Smith, Lt. Sherita Ballard, Deputy Wade Freeman, Deputy Brent Morrison and Capt. Marty Roberts. In the third row are Sgt. David Jones, Lt. Shawn Hickly, Deputy Danny Peppers, Deputy Marshal Robert Freeman (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Justin Hipps, Deputy Marshal Elic Bostic (U.S. Marshals Service) and Chief Wayne Digby (Porterdale Police Department).